Art McGee on Thu, 14 Jan 1999 09:42:40 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> [01/13/1999]: Culture, Class, and Cyberspace

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I don't agree with all the conclusions, but listed below are some very
interesting and important resources, dealing with the intersection of
ethnicity, culture, class, poverty, computers, and cyberspace. 

Even if you're busy, please be sure to at least browse them. 

By the way, many of the links lead to original material, not the
summarized articles with similar titles that you may have read 
in a newspaper or magazine.


[Ethnicity and Culture Section]

cy.Rev #4: Technological Revolution & Prospects 
for Black Liberation in the 21st Century

Atlantic Monthly 99.01:
Technology Versus African-Americans

First Monday 3.11: Africa Connected

Virtual University/Segregated Highway? 
The Politics of Connectivity

Brillo Magazine, Issue Number 3, "The Invasion"
Resisting Erase-ism on the 'Net

CTHEORY: Global Algorithm 1.10:
Deregulation/Globalisation: The Loss of Cultural Diversity?

Buying into the Computer Age: 
A Look at Hispanic Families

UnderCurrent #4:
Virtual Whiteness and Narrative Diversity

Brillo Magazine, Issue Number 2, "A Bug in the Wetware"
Buggin' in and Out: Eye Dialectal Nightmares in Cyberspace

Brillo Magazine, Issue Number 2, "A Bug in the Wetware"
In Bed with the Devil

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: 
African American Critical Theory and Cyberculture

Cultural Uses of New, Networked Internet Information and 
Communication Technologies: Implications for US Latino Identities

Bridging the Digital Divide: 
The Impact of Race on Computer Access and Internet Use

What it Means to be Black in Cyberspace

Cyborg Diaspora:
Virtual Imagined Community

Race In/For Cyberspace: 
Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet

American Emissaries to Africa:
>From John Barlow via James Bond to James Baldwin and Back 

What Color is the Net?

WIRED 3.12: 
Idees Fortes - Race in Cyberspace?

Book Review: 
The African-American Resource Guide to the Internet

Black Pioneers of the Internet

Forsaken Geographies: 
Cyberspace and the New World 'Other'

On Digital 'Third Worlds': 
An interview with Olu Oguibe

The Virtual Barrio @ The Other Frontier 
(or the Chicano inerneta)

Cultural Survival Quarterly:
The Internet and Indigenous Communities

Nils Zurawskis' Ethnicity and Culture in Cyberspace Papers

[The next link is to some comments I made a few years ago]

AFROAM-L Archives - February 1995: 
Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Cyberspace

[Below is a great essay (not specifically dealing with cyberspace), that 
 discusses multiple identities from an apparently non-European perspective]

The Multiple Self: 
Exploring Between and Beyond Modernity and Postmodernity

[Lastly, a link to a resource page that contains general and 
 gender-based papers on net sociology/identity]

The Media and Communication Studies Site
Resource Page for Gender, Ethnicity & Class: Social and Personal Identity


[Class and Poverty Section]

cy.Rev: A Journal of Cybernetic Revolution, 
Sustainable Socialism and Radical Democracy

MIT Technology Review - January/February 1999
The Peoples Computer: The Rich Peoples Computer?

CTHEORY: Global Algorithm 1.4: 
The Theory of the Virtual Class

The Internet and Poverty: 
Real Help or Real Hype?

Possible Roles for Electronic Community Networks and Participatory
Development Strategies in Access Programs for Poor Neighborhoods

High Technology and Low-Income Communities: 
Prospects for the Positive Use of Advanced Information Technology

Losing Ground Bit by Bit:
Low-Income Communities in the Information Age 

Falling Through the Net II: 
New Data on the Digital Divide

Impact of CTCnet Affiliates:
Findings from a National Survey of Users of Community Technology Centers

Cybersociology Magazine: 
Issue 3 - Digital Third Worlds


[Gender and Sexuality Section]

[In this section, I'm keeping the focus on Women and GLBT people of color,
 which is why you aren't seeing as many listings as you might expect]

T.H.E. Journal, December 1998
The Cyber Sisters Club: 
Using the Internet to Bridge the Technology Gap with Inner City Girls

Womenspace Spring 98: Black Women on the Net

Brillo Magazine, Number 1, "Armed and Dangerous"
Like Fish to W.A.T.E.R.

Brillo Magazine, Number 1, "Armed and Dangerous"
Turned On, Plugged In, Left Out


[Definitive Quote Section]

Lastly, in case you're wondering why I even bothered to put this list
together, one of my "white" colleagues said it better than I ever could: 

"We're resisting the tired-but-still-commonly-accepted idea that the
virtual world provides a somehow "level" playing field, in which race,
gender, [and] culture(s) no longer matter. We think that such ideas are 
based on the false notion that there's a normative white male middle-class
culture to which all folks can gain access, now that the barriers imposed
by the physical body have been miraculously removed. We want [to see] 
essays, articles, and examples of work which show that the "politics of 
identity" is alive and well on the internet, and that instead of regressing 
to a sort of Eisenhowerian procession of the bland leading the bland, there 
are people out there using electronic technology to emphasize and celebrate
and motivate and defend their own communities and cultural ideals." 

"There's been a lot of talk (mostly by white men) about the "liberating"
potential of the internet and of virtual spaces.  What they usually mean
is a liberation *from* the body, to some kind of higher plane. But we're
interested in how folks whose bodies are usually threatened by the power
structure (nonwhite folks, women, poor people, queer folks) are using the
internet as a platform for making themselves more visible (a liberation
*of* the body), and how that connects to other contemporary activist

            Kali Tal
            Lecturer, University of Arizona


Art McGee

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